Gregor McMillan, an undergraduate of St John's College and a finalist of Chinese Studies recently published his first article Trading on Chinese Shores: The Indo-China Steam Navigation Company and change in the China coastal shipping market 1880-1900 in the International Journal of Maritime History (IJMH). The article, which was originally examined as part of the C.8 China and Globalisation paper, analyses the development of shipping and trading infrastructure on the Chinese coast between 1880-1900, arguing that the technological and commodity changes over this period fundamentally altered the freight market in a way that damaged the operations of large companies like Swire and Jardine Matheson.
The International Journal of Maritime History is a fully refereed quarterly publication covering maritime history, and that students can publish in specialist journals while studying Chinese speaks for both the diversity of options available to FAMES students, and the quality of teaching in the course. All students must submit a 12,000 word dissertation to complete their degree, while the 8,000 word 'mini-dissertation' is an optional paper.
Each year dissertations are published, or otherwise form the starting point for future Masters or Doctoral research. Students may work on any aspect of Chinese society, economics, history, literature or classics that interests them - Gregor submitted his on the development of China's commercial fleet in the pre-reform era, working with recently released Chinese language government annals.